Facts About Your Toothbrush



Your toothbrush is home to more than 100 million bacteria including E. coli and staphylococci (Staph) bacteria, according to researchers at the University of Manchester in England. And the University of Alabama at Birmingham found that fecal germs were on your toothbrushes too.

All that sounds gross, but you needn’t panic. Your mouth is also full of bacteria and your toothbrush probably won’t make you sick, but there are ways to keep it clean so you stay healthy.







Toothbrush Storage Tips

After you’ve moved your toothbrush as far from the toilet as possible, and cleaned your toothbrush holder, here are some storage tips to keep your toothbrush as germ-free as possible:

  • Rinse your toothbrush thoroughly with tap water every time you use it.
  • Let your toothbrush dry thoroughly between brushings. Don’t use toothbrush covers, which can create a moist enclosed breeding ground for bacteria.
  • Keep your toothbrush upright in a holder, rather than lying it down.
  • Don’t ever use anyone else’s toothbrush, or let someone use yours.
  • Keep toothbrushes separate. If toothbrushes touch they can swap germs.






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